False Longhorn Beetlesnot illus

Family Cephaloidae

Identification: Elongate, slender, somewhat cylindrical. Similar to Cerambycidae (p. 196), but with tarsi 5-5-4. Tarsal claws pectinate, with a fleshy lobe beneath each claw. Yellowish to brown or black. 8-20 mm.

This is a small, relatively rare group (10 N. American species). The habits are not well known, but adults are usually found on flowers and vegetation in wooded areas.


Identification: Slender, elongate, soft-bodied, similar to Meloidae (p. 184) or Cerambycidae (p. 196). Tarsi 5-5-4, next to last tarsal segment wide and densely hairy beneath. Pronotum broadened anteriorly, much narrower at base than FW; rounded laterally. Often with yellow, red, or orange. 5-20 mm.

Adults of this group occur on flowers and foliage, and fly to lights at night. They are not common. Adults feed on pollen and nectar, and larvae feed in moist decaying wood, especially conifers and driftwood.

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